Wednesday, September 16, 2009

U.S. - addiction at pandemic levels

BALTIMORE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Untreated alcohol and drug addiction in the United States remains at pandemic levels, with little change from year to year, an expert says. Victor Capoccia, director of the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative -- a nationwide effort to expand addiction treatment -- says 23 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, but only one in 10 are treated.
Capoccia says the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows in 2008, 23.1 million persons ages 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem -- consistent with numbers reported in previous years. The most common reason cited by those who wanted treatment but did not receive any was the inability to pay for it.

"The nation is focused on how best to reform our healthcare system.
Access to effective addiction treatment will save billions of dollars over a decade's time compared with the costs and health complications that come with not treating people at all," Capoccia said in a statement.

"Ignoring any disease -- be it addiction, diabetes or hypertension -- is bad medicine and should not be an option in today's healthcare system. Addiction treatment should be fully covered by all insurance plans."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Florida Teenage Girls Surpass Boys in Recent Alcohol Use

In Florida, females ages 11 to 18 were more likely than males to report past 30-day alcohol use (30.6% vs. 29%) and lifetime use of alcohol (54.9% vs. 51.5%). Males ages 11 to 18 were more likely to report binge drinking, which is defined as having five or more alcoholic drinks in a row in the past two weeks (15.6% vs. 14%). Source: 2008 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Substance Abuse by Florida Lawyer Applicants Draws Social Media Scrutiny from Board of Examiners

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners recently adopted the policy that investigation of social networking Web sites, like Facebook, should be conducted for applicants who, among other reasons, have a history of substance abuse/dependence “so as to ascertain whether they discussed or posted photographs of any recent substance abuse.”

Read the full story here.